Meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donna Karan at Mega Partnering VII in Los Angeles, California

I attended the seventh edition of the world famous Mega Partnering wealth networking summit took place in Los Angeles, California 7-10 June 2013 at the Westin LAX hotel. 800 business people from 27 countries around the world attended the event to network and create new partnerships.

Jackee at Mega Partnering LA

Jackee Batanda at Mega Partnering VII Los Angeles

A number of high net worth speakers shared their experiences and tips. The event primarily serves as a networking event for business people and has been tagged as the World Economic Forum of the business world.

The speakers included JT FOXX, a top business coach, serial entrepreneur, real estate investor and top marketing authority, and founder of Mega Partnering. He spoke on the different business models he has successfully applied to his own empire.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s 38th governor, Hollywood action hero, environmentalist and successful businessman. Schwarzenegger took time off the shooting of the film to share his key steps to success:

  • Have a vision
  • Never thinking small
  • Ignoring the naysayers
  • Working hard
  • Ultimately giving back to society.
    JT Foxx, Jackee and Arnold Schwarzenegger at Mega Partnering LA

    JT Foxx, Jackee and Arnold Schwarzenegger at Mega Partnering VII in Los Angeles
    Photo credit: JT Foxx Organisation


Donna Karan, one of the most legendary female entrepreneurs and fashion icons and founder of Urban Zen Foundation, shared her beginnings working under Anne Klein to the building of her empire, which started out as a desire to create fashionable clothes for herself and her friends, and later developed into two world renowned brands- Donna Karan and DKNY. Her Urban Zen Foundation, started after her husband’s death provides palliative support to terminally ill patients and the program is being replicated by different university hospitals. The foundation focuses on changing, “current healthcare paradigm to include integrative medicine and promote patient advocacy.”

JT Foxx, Jackee and Donna Karan at Mega Partnering LA (1)

JT Foxx, Jackee and Donna Karan at Mega Partnering VII in Los Angeles
Photo credit: JT Foxx Organisation

The summit was packed with lots of doses of inspiration and positive energy. Never experienced so much ‘I can do’ in one place like I did at Mega VII last week.

The networking and partnerships I built over the four days were awesome.

Mega Partnering comes to South Africa for the first next month 5-7 July 2013 at the Sandton Convention Center. See you all there!


The American roots of homophobia in Africa

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In a new report launched today, the liberal group Political Research Associates (PRA) documents the role of U.S. right-wing evangelicals and religious institutions in fostering homophobia in several countries in Africa. With data from seven countries (Uganda, Liberia, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Nigeria), the report exposes the impact of U.S. conservatives on policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as reproductive rights. This latest report builds on PRA’s earlier research on the issue.

The report argues that the culture wars between pro-life and pro-choice groups within the U.S. have been exported to Africa. Homophobia has connected different Christian denominations which are usually suspicious of one another, such as Evangelicals uniting with Catholics and Mormons who promote a “pro-family” agenda.

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The Spanish text message that has Uganda up in arms | Transitions

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It’s been three days since I first heard about the insulting sms message sent by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (shown above) to his finance minister: “Stand your ground, we’re the number four power in Europe. Spain is not Uganda.” Business Insider translated the statement as follows: “We’re a major power, not some random IMF-case banana republic.” (A friend and blogger, Rosebell Kagumire, first posted it on Facebook, where I saw the link to the article.)

It was an affront to me as a Ugandan. Indeed, a number of netizens — both Ugandans and non-Ugandans — took to Twitter with the hashtag #ugandaisnotspain to protest the remarks. Ms. Kagumire set up the hashtag on Twitter in order to prompt Ugandans and friends to comment about the article:

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Nigeria’s homegrown terrorists

The scene at St Theresa's Catholic Church in Madalla, Christmas Day, after a car bomb explosion killed 43 people. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

 “As the gunmen invaded the church, those who were agile enough took to their heels through any available entrance. Women, who went to the prayer session with their children, made spirited efforts to ferry out their kids, while the men made desperate attempts to take out their family members. But all the effort came to naught, as the gunmen had blocked the church entrances and started spraying bullets into the embattled members before they knew what was going on…

It was like hell and a drama of some sort,” one woman, who managed to escape before the gunmen opened fire, recalled.”

Thirteen people died that night in Christ Apostolic Church in Jimeta-Yola, eastern Nigeria. It was January 6 2012, Epiphany, the first prayer meeting of the year.  As Muazu Abari writes in Leadership, a national Nigerian daily, the suspected perpetrators were the Boko Haram, Nigeria’s home grown Islamist terrorist group.

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Africa hopes its music festivals will change views

The music of Africa infuses much of the music of the modern world — rhythm and blues, reggae and Latin, to name just a few genres. Many talented African musicians have gone elsewhere to make a name for themselves, and now they are coming back to play in music festivals, and, their host countries hope, change Africa’s image.

Khaira Arby performing at the Festival au Desert 2012 (photo image: Alfred Weidinger)

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Libya’s soccer team: Hope of a nation

Happy to be here. Libyan players celebrate the win that got them into the Africa Cup of Nations. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Sports can salve wounds, at least the psychic ones suffered by nations. That’s what’s at stake for Libya’s soccer team when it plays Saturday in the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament to determine Africa’s qualifiers for the next World Cup.

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